Hokies tabbed ninth in ACC women's soccer poll
Virginia Tech receives 36 points
August 4, 2005 GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of North Carolina has been selected by league coaches as the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference women's soccer championship in the ACC Coaches' Poll released Thursday. The defending conference champion Tar Heels received 10 first-place votes, with the University of Virginia claiming the lone remaining first-place vote and 109 total points to finish in front of Duke (99), Clemson (74), Boston College (70), Florida State (63), Wake Forest (62) and Maryland (47). Virginia Tech was picked to finish ninth in the conference poll, receiving 36 points to outdistance NC State (27) and Miami (19). The Hokies return all 11 starters from last year's squad, which finished 11-9 overall and qualified for the school's first NCAA Tournament. "We have a lot of respect for our opponents, and this year is going to be as difficult as any in the ACC," Tech head coach Kelly Cagle said. "But being ranked ninth in the best conference in the country is a good place to be. It gives us something to prove heading into the season." Tech opens its 2005 schedule with an exhibition match against Miami (Ohio) on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. The Hokies' first regular season match will be the following Friday (Aug. 26) at American University at 3 p.m.